Preparing Sambar Powder:
- Making sambar powder starts from frying all of its ingredients using the coconut oil for 2 to 4 minutes in the frying pan. You should fry the ingredients one by one and make sure they don’t burn.
- Once the ingredients are fried, you should grind them in a mixer grinder or pound them using the traditional method. You should grind the ingredients till you get a slightly coarse powder. If you find making sambar powder difficult, you can buy the powder from your nearest store.
Preparing Tomato Sambar:
- Add 1/4 tablespoon sunflower oil in a large pan and heat. Once the oil gets heated, add some amount of sambar powder and wait until it splutters.
- Add shallots and chili to the oil. Sauté until the ingredients develop the color.
- Add chopped tomatoes and sauté until they become soft.
- After tomatoes turn soft, add chopped and cubed vegetables and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Now, add jaggery, salt, and water to the pan and mix them well. Cook the ingredients for 10 minutes by covering the pan.
- Remove the lid and add tamarind extract to the boiling mixture. Cook the ingredients for another 10 minutes. Keep the lid closed, all while boiling.
- Add boiled toor dal and adjust the consistency by adding some more water.
- Add 1.5 tablespoon of sambar powder and let the mixture boil.
- After a few minutes, you will start smelling the flavors. Add curry leaves and cook for another two minutes.
Turn off the fire after 3 minutes. Your tomato sambar is ready. Serve hot with idli, vada, dosa, or rice.